HOWARD & HOWARD ATTORNEYS

Howard & Howard Attorneys has announced that Juan P. Rodriguez has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas Office.

Rodriguez concentrates his practice in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation. He began his career as in-house counsel for TRIRIGA, a mid-size corporate software developer. While in that role he maintained all aspects of their IP portfolio and advised on day-to-day issues concerning the protection and branding of the company. While working on his LL.M. degree, Rodriguez interned with a large IP law firm in Tokyo, Japan assisting in their direct U.S. patent filings and Japanese to U.S. patent conversion work. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, he was an associate at a large national firm where he focused on defense-side IP litigation and IP transactional work.

Rodriguez received his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (f/k/a Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 2006 and his LL.M. from Temple University, Japan in 2010. He also received his B.S. and B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2003. Rodriguez is admitted to practice in Nevada. Additionally he is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada and the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

MARYLAND LIVE! CASINO

Maryland Live! Casino has announced that Travis G. Lamb has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. Lamb has over 20 years of experience in the casino gaming industry, primarily in strategic planning and analysis and financial leadership positions. In his new role, Lamb is responsible for overseeing all of the financial aspects of Maryland Live! Casino, including budgeting, revenue management, financial planning and analysis, accounting; information technology, and compliance with state and other external regulators. In addition to his financial duties, Lamb is heavily involved in all aspects of the property’s day-to-day operations.

Prior to joining Maryland Live! Casino, Lamb was the vice president of finance at Harrah’s Chester Casino Racetrack in Pennsylvania. He also spent six years as Harrah’s eastern division vice president of financial planning and analysis, working with 10 plus properties from Iowa to Atlantic City, including Canada and the Bahamas.

Lamb holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and an MBA from New York University.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION

Massachusetts Gaming Commission has appointed Jill Lacey Griffin as director of workforce, supplier, and diversity development. Responsible for overseeing development of a skilled workforce and trained local supplier base, in order to maximize their use of by the new expanded gaming industry, Griffin will also lead the Commission’s efforts to ensure that both the workforce and supplier bases are fully inclusive of the diverse populations that make up the citizenry of Massachusetts. MassGaming expects the expanded gaming industry to generate upwards of 10,000 construction jobs and 10,000 permanent jobs, as well as tens of millions of dollars of business for companies supporting the industry. Griffin will lead the Commission’s efforts to assure that these jobs and business contracts go principally to local individuals and companies.

Griffin has more than 15 years of experience in economic and workforce development and most recently served as senior director of programs at The Boston Foundation. In this role, she guided a $20 million, multi-year initiative to improve workforce development across the state by bringing together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of helping low income individuals attain family supporting jobs and businesses find skilled workers with an emphasis on better connecting Massachusetts’s community colleges and other post-secondary institutions to the workforce development system.

In her role at MGC, Griffin will be responsible for assisting with the creation of a task force to provide business services to support small business seeking business opportunities with casino and slots-parlor gaming licensees. Griffin will also oversee the promotion of diversity and programs to encourage all residents of the Commonwealth to benefit from the new jobs and business opportunities created through the expansion of gaming

PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO

Pechanga Resort & Casino has named Anthony Canicosa its new assistant director of food & beverage. With more than 30 years of experience, Canicosa began his career in the hospitality food and beverage industry as a student in a pioneering management associate program for a Las Vegas casino/ resort. He went on to manage the culinary and cocktail interests of major properties in Nevada for 27 years. He also served in a similar capacity at one of the world’s largest resorts on the east coast.

 Canicosa oversees 10 restaurants at Pechanga, as well as room service, catering and banquets on a daily basis. Originally from The Philippines, Canicosa attended San Francisco State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.